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18Feb/150

Kanye/West Mash-Up Causing a Greater Rift

Kanye West certainly has a way of causing tidal waves on the internet with his ridiculous antics at awards shows. He is not particular about which awards shows he interrupts unless he gets attention thrown in his direction. Ricardo says that is not to say that he does not also bring attention to Beyonce, because that is something that he does with great skill, even if it makes her look bad.

This year’s interruption occurred after singer Beck won an award that West thought should go to Beyonce. The truth is, Kanye just thinks, rightly so, that it will bring attention to his own career. Instead of saying that he thought he should win the award, he threw it towards another artist. It is shameful behavior and the people who run the awards shows are beginning to understand that West should not even attend the events.

Enough people have brought attention to West’s deplorable behavior in public to last a lifetime. He is the butt of millions of jokes, but he does not care as long as it meets his ends. Another artist, Win Butler, has recently released a mash-up that consists of a West song and a Beck song. It is an interesting mash-up to say the least and only adds fuel to a fire about a passe subject. No one wins with the attention they pay to Kanye West’s rude behavior. The majority of people believe that he needs to go to time-out and think about how childish he has been.

10Feb/150

Iggy Azalea Doesn’t Win A Grammy, But She Still Gives Kudos

 

Many thought that Iggy Azalea would be going home with several Grammys, after the awards show aired yesterday, unfortunately, she did not. Iggy was nominated for four different awards, including Best New Artist, yet she lost on all of the categories. Iggy Grammys. Best New Artist went to Sam Smith, who Iggy Azalea stated that she wouldn't mind losing to, because he had such a great album this past year. Sam Smith was nominated in several categories, and he took home several Grammys, even though he's a new artist.

Although Iggy didn't win, she still was able to tell Sam Smith that she was happy for him this according to Susan McGalla, and that she loved him as well. It's no surprise that Sam Smith won so many awards, but it is surprising that Iggy won absolutely none. In recent awards ceremonies, Iggy took home her first awards ever, and since she had such a great year, it's surprising that she took home, not one Grammy. There were other surprises within the night, like those who did not take home the Grammys they were nominated for.

Although Beyoncé received several awards, some feel that she did not get the awards that she deserved, which is not something new. The Grammys is surrounded by controversy, as many feel that they unfairly pick certain artists to win a Grammy, even if they are not deserving of it. Either way, congratulations to all the artists.

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2Feb/150

A$AP Rocky To Become Next Big Actor

 

Many rap enthusiasts know A$AP Rocky for his wild beats and witty lyrics. Fans, like Gianfrancesco Genoso,  are patiently awaiting his soon to be released next album, but not many people know that the rapper has a new movie coming out as well.

The movie, called 'Dope' is a coming of age hip-hop comedy in which A$AP plays a drug lord alongside his girlfriend Chanel Iman. He says he got the role by helping Iman rehearsing for her own part. The film already received rave reviews since it first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and A$SAP Rocky has since expressed interest in pursuing acting more seriously. Specifically, he sees himself in sci-fi and thriller movies but he does not want to use his establishment in the music industry as an advantage. On the contrary, A$SAP has stated that he wants to start from the bottom like everyone else and see where his talent will get him.

Fans, of course, are ecstatic about A$SAP's newfound talent and surely they won't have to wait long for his next project.

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30Jan/150

The Digital Journey Of John Textor

John Textor is an American entrepreneur who has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Wesleyan University. He is the Chairman of Pulse Evolution Corporation and is responsible for special projects and rights acquisition among a few other very important responsibilities. John is the Managing Principal of the private equity firm Wyndcrest Holdings, LLC.

John Textor is also the former Chairman and CEO of Digital Domain Productions as well as its parent company Digital Domain Media Group. In 2006, John led Wyndcrest Holdings in the acquisition of Digital Domain and immediately began overseeing the restructuring process of the company until August of 2012. Digital Domain is a visual effects company. Under John Textor's tenure they completed 25 large scale films and provided content for many more.

John's liberal arts education at Wesleyan University seems to have prepared him well for the future ahead. Although he was working on a degree in Economics, he clearly had and eye for the arts. In his current venture with Pulse Evolution, he is active in the development of entertainment properties across a broad spectrum of venues and technology platforms. Platforms that include the use of photo-realistic digital humans, which he first used in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, while working with Digital Domain. However, since that time he has used a photo-realistic digital of Tupac Shakur and Michael Jackson designed by John Textor to give live performances in major venues. Other human digital performers that may soon make an appearance are Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. But, John says that the entertainment value of their shows will lie in how the performance tells a story. John Textor is very clear in his description of the photo-realistic digital process. The digital performers are not holograms they are actual photos that give the illusion of movement.

The business world can be a tricky place to navigate, especially where intellectual property is concerned. And even though John has had some bumps and bruises along his journey toward creating relevant content that can produce residuals for the creator. It is clear that he is a forward thinker who is leading technology into the next realm of the digital world. The team of artists and executives that John is working with at Pulse has been involved in creating some of the most entertaining works in the industry. Their future endeavors will specialize in the areas of character creation and human animation.

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22Jan/150

Lil’ Wayne And Christina Milian Remake “Drunk In Love”

Lil' Wayne just released his new mix tape album entitled "Sorry 4 The Wait 2," which was only made to replace his upcoming album for the time being. Lil' Wayne Remix. The "Carter V" album has been delayed for years now, and this is not the first time that Lil' Wayne has had an album that was delayed, much to his dismay. He has released an album, which is a mix tape, just to soothe his fans who are waiting. On this album, he chose to do a remake of the song "Drunk In Love" with Christina Milian.

By now, even Gianfrancesco Genoso knows who the artists of the original version of the song is, but if you don't, Drunk In Love was performed by Beyoncé. Jay-Z was also on the track with her, making it one of the biggest hits of the year. Wayne remakes the song over the same beat, using much raunchier and dirtier lyrics, which even the oldest adult would be offended to hear. Christina does her part in the song, making for a decent remix. Wayne and Christina have been rumored to be a couple for a while now, but it has yet to be proven.

With the two joined together to do a remake of a song by a famous couple in love, it makes you wonder if the rumors are true. Either way, Wayne puts his personal touch on the song, making it a potential hit.

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22Jan/150

Lil’ Wayne Drops New Mix Tape, And Talks About His Troubles

 

Lil' Wayne has finally released his mix tape, "Sorry 4 The Wait 2," which is to tide over for those who are waiting for his "Carter V" album to be released. Lil' Wayne Mixtape. His album was delayed again in December, which was the final straw for a Lil' Wayne and his record label. Wayne is currently trying to get out of his contract with Cash Money Records, but Birdman is refusing to let him go. No one wants to give up their golden goose, but it would make sense for you to keep the golden goose happy too. Fans, like Bernardo Chua, are looking forward to Wayne signing with a new label and releasing more music.

Although Wayne has his own label, he stayed loyal to Cash Money Records, and continued to make music, building up the brand. His recent mix tape shows exactly how he feels, as he rhymes on many songs, about his current beef with Cash Money. Some of the songs are directed towards Cash Money Records itself, while other songs have pointed toward Birdman specifically. Wayne states that it was time for him to spread his wings, and he's the sole reason why Cash Money is successful today.

Wayne also mentions all the other artists who have left Cash Money over the years, and the fact that he stayed, while their friends left. Mannie Fresh, Juvenile, and Turk have left Cash Money Records, maybe because of some of the same disloyalty, that Wayne is claiming the record label has for its artists.

14Jan/150

Chris Brown Is Not Performing In Dangerous Nightclubs Anymore

Chris Brown is no stranger to drama, from his hot and cold relationship with Rihanna, to his ultra messy holiday breakup/Instagram rant with Karrueche, Chris is just not one to shy away from gossip fueling behavior. Most recently, Chris was involved in a nightclub shootout while performing on stage. Gunshots were heard throughout the club, and five party goers were shot and taken to the hospital. Fortunately Chris Brown and others at the event were unharmed, however Chris has been receiving some backlash for running for cover when the shots rang out.

Now it seems that Chris is totally over the drama and refuses to perform at any club that he thinks is unsafe. Apparently Chris has insisted that his manager immediately cancel any upcoming shows at nightclubs that he believes are too dangerous.

Chris has called a meeting with his entourage and security, and demanded a change in the type of venues he will be scheduled to perform. Ben Shaoul agrees with this decision, as he is a fan and doesn't want Brown in dangerous situations. Chris is clearly not only concerned for his own safety, but that of his staff and his fans. At the moment Chris is working to complete the remaining hours of his probation and transform his bad boy image, this seems to be a good start.

13Jan/150

Rock Legends Hit the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is all about football, but it doesn’t have to be. As much as people anticipate for the game, the other parts aside from the game can also draw major attention.

Big companies take advantage of the Super Bowl to release advertisements. A lot of people will be watching and that’s a perfect dream for the advertisers. Major movie producers will also not let this great opportunity go to waste. Movie trailers and teasers are often aired during the commercial of the Super Bowl.

Perhaps what comes next to the game is the half-time, which will have plenty of takes on Vine. The National Football League has made it their mission to provide the best possible entertainment during the half-time of the game, and it is something Darius Fisher appreciates. Only the biggest stars and famous personalities take the stage. This year, they have chosen none the less than the worldwide pop-superstar herself, Katy Perry.

People will of course, look forward to her performance. Some of the stars that did the half-time made from very memorable performances. No news has been announced yet as to what song will the singer be performing. A number of the previous Super Bowl half-times had more than one act and Katy Perry has indeed revealed that someone else is going to join her.

She opens by saying that her companion is a famous rock star. Finally, she says that her first special guest is going to be Lenny Kravitz.

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7Jan/150

Coachella Headliners Announced

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has announced some of the major acts that will be playing at the 2015 music festival. Coachella has been known for being the stage that bands reunite on. Last year the members of hip hop duo Outkast reunited after eight years apart.

This year, the latest band to join this popular summer music festival is legendary rock band AC/DC. The Australian rockers are all in their 50's and 60's, but that has not stopped them from releasing hard hitting albums. Lat year they released Rock or Bust, the group's 15th studio album. They will be kicking off a tour promoting the new album in May.

Other musicians on the large lineup include Jack White, Drake, Interpol, Hozier, Ryan Adams, FKA Twigs, Florence + the Machine, and Kiesza. Tickets go on sale January 7 and start at $375. Mark Ahn is still debating on going or not.

6Jan/150

My Opinion About Kanye West Fans Not Knowing Who Paul McCartney Is

Kanye West recently released a new song with a little help from his friend former Beatle Paul McCartney. The song itself is called "Only One" and is rather sweet and innocuous. What's got many people in an uproar is not the song itself but that when Kanye released the song many of his fans didn't know who Paul McCartney was. Their ignorance is seen by many - especially older people - as symptomatic of a self-absorbed and culturally lacking generation.

My opinion on all this uproar is that it's not so bad that someone under 25 doesn't know who Paul McCartney is. At the end of the day, McCartney's fame comes from the pop songs he wrote and pop music is by definition all about the time it was released. While it may be horrifying to a baby boomer  like Dr. Rod Ronrich that kids don't know much about the Beatles, it's no more shocking than that baby boomer himself not knowing much about big band music in 1960.

My advice to people upset that kids know more about Kanye than the Fab Four is lighten up. It's today not yesterday.

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